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Our top 5 best Estée Lauder products to add to your wishlist

January 1 | 4 minute read

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Words by Kerri Gordon and Gemma Dawkins

Originally published on | November 1

While innovation and new technology keeps the beauty world on its toes, there’s nothing quite like a heritage brand.

And there’s no brand quite like Estée Lauder to bring classic and iconic game changing products into the brave new beauty world. With new skincare and beauty products dropping weekly worldwide, you have to be doing something right to maintain icon status with the same products that have been firm favourites since the 1940s – and that’s exactly what Estée Lauder has managed to do.

Estée Lauder herself started her business in 1946 with four products, a passion for high-touch service and a simple premise that every woman can be beautiful. A woman far ahead of her time, she is quoted as saying “I never dreamed of success, I worked for it.” And with her focus on impeccable, personalised customer service and constant innovation that kept her products ahead of the curve, work she did. From the world’s first serum-like product to the foundation that’s been beloved for generations, these are our top picks.

This iconic brown bottle made beauty history. Originally developed in 1982 (with a few facelifts since then), it was one of the first ever serum-type products on the market. And there’s more firsts. This overnight gamechanger was the first skincare product to incorporate hyaluronic acid, previously used almost exclusively by ophthalmologists to keep eyes moist. It was the first to include an ingredient called Bifidus, a species of probiotics which had not previously been used topically. And it was the first to help the skin repair from the visible effects of ageing and sun exposure by supporting its natural renewal process. If lines and wrinkles, dehydration, dullness, or decreasing firmness ring true to your skin concerns, you must try this patented serum.
Everyone either is, or knows, a Double Wear devotee. With a semi-matte finish and buildable medium-to-high coverage, this cult base is one of those beauty products that somehow just works for almost everyone. While feeling light and fresh on the skin, this formula does not budge or change colour throughout the day, which is the truest test of longevity (there’s a reason so many people wear this foundation on their wedding day). And the fact that it comes in 61 shades is the biggest plus of them all. Oily or combination skin? This is one foundation well worth a try. If you’re on the drier side, a good base of moisturiser and primer will see you staying flawless all day long.
I never dreamed of success, I worked for it.
Estée Lauder

Nope, not a tin-man costume. This unique foil-backed sheet mask is a clever little innovation designed to make sure you’re not losing half of your precious serum to evaporation. Drenched in the famous Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, the PowerFoil backing provides a barrier that ensures all your sheet mask goodness soaks into your skin for maximum efficacy. Perfect for dull, lacklustre skin, or for pre-party glow, this mask is loaded up with the hydrating powers of hyaluronic acid to plump and prep skin. So if you’re short on time or can’t get a salon booking, pop a mask on for that dewy, glowy, lit-from-within and just-had-a-facial look.

Dermatologist tested and non-acnegenic, you’ll look refreshed and revitalised without clogging your pores. And bonus? It’s the perfect base for makeup to slide on seamlessly.
Is there any box this concealer doesn’t tick? It’s lightweight for comfortable all-day wear (we’re talking 15 hours here), plus it’s crease-free and beautifully blendable. But don’t be mistaken, this little beauty offers serious coverage to help brighten dark circles and tired under-eyes. With a natural matte finish that’s waterproof, sweat-proof, oil-free, non-acnegenic and won’t transfer, we really mean it when we say it leaves no box unchecked.

Some things just go together: Paris and Britney, coffee and croissants, Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup and this perfect partner powder. Its silky soft, weightless formula is versatile enough to allow you to customise your coverage.

Want to mattify your makeup? Dust Double Wear Matte Powder over your foundation to control oil and shine. Want to increase your coverage? A layer of this buildable powder ups the coverage without making you look cakey, making sure your makeup lasts the distance. Want to let your skin breathe? Use a dusting of this on its own to mattify and smooth skin texture without needing to reach for the foundation. Whether you go sheer or dramatic, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a powder this versatile.

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